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  • Monument Name

    Joseph Morehead Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The bronze statue of Morehead stands at 13' tall, towering above the viewer. Morehead stands proudly wearing a long overcoat, his left hand in his pocket. Under his coat, he wears a vest over a half-windsor tie. A hat sits atop Morehead's head; the man himself, mustached and bearded, appears to stare off into the distance.

  • Inscription

    JULY 9, 1840 – JANUARY 1, 1911 / JOSEPH M. MOREHEAD / VICE-PRESIDENT, ACTING PRESIDENT / AND SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE / GUILFORD BATTLE GROUND COMPANY

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 1913

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.133300 , -79.844920 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arrangement for the Big Celebration at the Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 17, 1903, 1 Link

      "Guilford Battle Ground Affairs," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 1, 1903, 1-2 Link

      "Guilford: The Only Revolutionary Battlefield Now a National Park," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 7, 1909, 1-3 Link

      "Inventory Form - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," National Register of Historic Places, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      "Patriots Today Will Gather on Historic Grounds of Battle," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), July 4, 1912 Link

      "Regulars For Guilford," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), June 28, 1912, 1 Link

      "The Battle Ground Celebration," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 5, 1905, 6 Link

      "The Battle Ground Company," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), September 1, 1902, 1-2 Link

      "The Fourth at Guilford Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 9, 1902, 1 Link

      "The Glorious Fourth," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 1, 1901, 1 Link

      "Two Big Celebrations," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 30, 1903, 1 Link

      Baker, Thomas E. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse NMP, 1991)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite.

  • Subject Notes

    Joseph Motley Morehead was born in 1840. He was a Confederate officer and lawyer of Greensboro, N.C. He also served for a time as president of the Guilford Battleground Company.

  • Controversies

    At one point the statue was removed due to vandalism. It has since been replaced, though its location has been changed.

  • Landscape

    The monument is located in a row of monuments off of a tour road that runs through the Guilford Battle park. About .2 miles from Old Battleground Road, it is not far from the monument to David Schenck.

  • Former Locations

    The statue used to stand near the old New Garden Road in 1937, where it had been in a row of monuments.

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